The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Hardcover)

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    Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work,The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since theCaterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

    Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department ofThe New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

    One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic,The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

    Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as inThe Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

    The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

    Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative a

    THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild inyour life?

    Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
    The Horn Book

    "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the bookand right into your child's heart..."
    Mother's Manual

    "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
    The New York Times Book Review

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    ISBN 9780399208539
    Genre JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 32
    Publisher Date 1983-04-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Philomel Books
    Copyright Year 1981
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 12.25 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 1.05 lb
    Language English
    Audience Children/juvenile
    Authors Carle, Eric
    Dimensions 17.7 x 13 x 1.4 inches
    Country of Origin United States

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      I got this book for my triplets second birthday party. The book is the theme. I liked that it was bigger than the one we already had. It does not have the thick pages so little ones could use and abuse it. Love this book though (clearly I planned their entire birthday around it).

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      Wonderful book - My daughter is 28 and still values this keepsake Thank you - Donna

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      ....for giving children around the world such a wonderful book.

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        Because it is the few sized hardcover

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        I love the story and want my grandchildren to enjoy it too!

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        Large edition hard to find.

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        was a favorite when I taught kindergarten

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        for my childrens birthday pary so their guest can write a sweet message

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        To use as a guest book for a baby shower. I wanted the original hardcover not the board book.

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        For my first grandbaby

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        The dimensions are: 17.7 x 13 x 1.4 inches

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